Fieldwork Coordinator Position

The Center for Historic Preservation is searching for a new fieldwork coordinator, a key staff member who gets to work on great projects and interact with graduate students regularly. The position description is available at and is also copied below. Please call us at 615-898-2947 if you need more information.

Coordinator – Center for Historic Preservation
Job Description: Reporting to the Director of Center for Historic Preservation: support
the Center’s mission of research, instruction, and public service through four areas: (1)
Manage and carry out research and public service projects for the documentation,
restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties, (2) work and
supervise graduate students on research and fieldwork projects under the guidance of
the Center director, (3) coordinate Center’s research with digital initiative partnerships
both on and off campus, and (4) serve as liaison with IT staff on the needs and products
of staff and student research and public service projects. Perform other related special
projects as assigned.
Knowledge: Project management and supervision. Graduate student project
management and coordination. Historic Preservation field, literature, practices. Historic
building technology, architectural history and architectural conservation. Digital
publication, microcomputer applications and software.
Abilities: Establish and maintain effective working relations with diverse constituencies.
Effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills. Represent CHP & MTSU.
Effectively coordinate multiple projects, contracts, agencies/organizations, publications,
vendors and staff. Research, analyze and draw conclusions and produce products
based on primary sources, fieldwork, and experience. Analyze historic buildings and
finishes, draw conclusions from research and fieldwork findings, and prepare print and
digital products. Prepare materials for digital publication and/or dissemination.
Effectively use and train others on microcomputer software for preservation fieldwork
and research.
Education: Master’s degree in history, historic preservation, public history, museum
studies or related field.
Required Experience: Three (3) years full time experience in historic preservation or a
related field including working experience with historical/legal research, historic
structures reports, cultural resource survey, heritage development studies, public
programming, graduate student instruction, digital publication, and microcomputer
applications in historic preservation.
Salary Range: $31,965 – $39,370; commensurate with experience
Closing Date: April 20, 2017
Apply On-line:
This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you may be required to
provide information about your criminal history in order to be considered for this

Tennessee Marble Research Continues

Last month, the CHP’s Dr. Susan Knowles joined with William Isom, Steve Cotham, Cherel Henderson, and Michele MacDonald at the Price Community Center in Hawkins County to gather information on the area’s marble history. Tennessee’s marble industry was the subject of Knowles’s dissertation and is featured in a new exhibit at the East Tennessee History Center. Last month’s event was held in partnership with the East Tennessee Historical Society and the Hawkins County Archives. Kingsport, Morristown, Mooresburg, and Rogersville residents and historical associations were well-represented. To read more about the event, look at this article from the Kingsport Times-News Online.

TPS-MTSU Spring Workshops in Full Swing

Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU was in East Tennessee on March 10th and 11th for two educator events. On March 10th, we participated in the annual Tennessee Council for Social Studies conference at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. We presented two sessions: “Building Historical and Critical Thinking Skills in an Age of Fake News” and “Using Primary Sources in a Group Project Setting.” Our group project session featured the work of 2016 educator-in-residence and Shelby County schools teacher Brandi Love. On March 11th, we were at the East Tennessee History Center in Knoxville for “Strategies for Using Text-Based Sources in the Elementary Classroom.” For our spring workshop schedule, click here.

New Exhibit Explores Murfreesboro’s Music History

“Home Grown to Nationally Known: The Artistic Legacies of Murfreesboro” is a new history exhibit exploring Rutherford County’s musical legacies, from Uncle Dave Macon to the modern rock sounds of Those Darlins’ and Julien Baker. Researched and created by graduate students at the Center for Historic Preservation, the exhibit includes objects and photos from such famous artists as Elvis, Charlie Daniels, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Buffet, and Chris Young, all of whom have either recorded or performed in Murfreesboro over the years. Another highlight is the famous Young ‘Un Studio of Chip Young that operated near Rockvale in the 1970s.

The exhibit has a public opening and reception at the Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, 225 West College Street, on March 21st from 4 to 6 p.m.
While at the Heritage Center, also see newly acquired art works from Smyrna-born painter Gregory Ridley, Jr., ceramic artist Lewis Snyder of Murfreesboro, and a portrait of a fascinating 19th-century Murfreesboro woman, Mildred Martha Hopson Williams Jordan.

The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County is a joint venture between the Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area, Main Street: Murfreesboro/Rutherford County, the City of Murfreesboro, and the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU. The Heritage Center is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Center for Historic Preservation Honored by General Assembly


Governor Bill Haslam speaks at the Future Farmers of America Breakfast at War Memorial Auditorium.

On Wednesday, February 22, the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the Tennessee General Assembly commended the Center for Historic Preservation at a legislative breakfast at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.  The CHP recently produced a history of the Tennessee FFA, Tennessee FFA: Tradition and Transformation, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act.  Thanks to former CHP graduate research assistant Savannah Grandey for her great work on the booklet.  The CHP’s director, state historian Dr. Carroll Van West, attended the breakfast.

A Fond Farewell

Ashley Brown (right) while out on fieldwork with Lydia Simpson (center) and Ethan Holden (left).

Congratulations to fieldwork coordinator Ashley Brown, who is leaving the Center for Historic Preservation for a position with Environmental Science Associates, a consulting firm in Los Angeles, California. Ashley has been a great asset to the team in her year at the CHP. We are sorry to see her go, but wish her well in her new position as an architectural historian with the consulting firm.

Like Us on Facebook! TCWNHA Announces New Page

The Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area has a new Facebook Page. For members that belong to the TCWNHA Facebook Group, we welcome you to like our new page to receive the latest news from the Heritage Area and its partners across Tennessee.  We will eventually shutdown the Facebook group and be only updating the page.



Winter 2017 Common Bond

Common Bond Winter 2017 CoverOur Winter 2017 Common Bond quarterly newsletter is now available. This issue features an interview with Sara Beth Urban, a former CHP graduate research assistant who is now the Middle Tennessee division manager for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Our “Scholars” section looks at the experiences of a current graduate research assistant, Michael Fletcher, who is working on a project in Ireland to identify sites and structures in the landscape from the time of Ireland’s War for Independence (1919-1921). In “Partners,” we have an update about the anniversary events that we held across the state in 2016, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Finally, in “Leaders,” we look at the new exhibition on Tennessee marble at the East Tennessee History Center, which was guest-curated by our own Dr. Susan Knowles. A PDF of the newsletter is available here.

Graduate Research Assistants Return for Spring Semester

Left to right, Annabeth Hayes, Grace Allen, and Kate Hatfield will continue to get hands-on experience at the CHP this Spring.

Left to right, Annabeth Hayes, Grace Allen, and Kate Hatfield will continue to get hands-on experience at the CHP this Spring.

More than a dozen graduate research assistants will be working for the CHP this Spring. They will delve into a range of projects, from a heritage development plan for the historic Rhea County Courthouse to a preservation plan for Salem Cemetery in Madison County. The Salem Cemetery project falls within the CHP’s Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area program, as does community outreach at the Heritage Center in Murfreesboro and work on a new interpretive trail for Glen Leven Farm outside of Nashville. Students will also be assisting with the Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU program, the Century Farms program, and the Trail of Tears project, among other assignments.